School went on as it could. None of us knew anything, so we did the best we could. Students were being called home by their parents, so there wern't many of us left by the end of the day. Maybe the day didn't even last that long. When I got home, I saw what happeded on the news.
Oh, yeah, I live 15 minute drive from DC.
One of my friends that went to a different school (really close to DC) said they heard a "boom," which we now know was the Pentagon being hit.
Scary stuff, especially when you have no idea what's going on.
So, here's one.
I myself am a Boy Scout. I am part of the National Capital Area Council (NCAC, Washington DC)
My troop # is 875. I went to the 2005 National Scout Jamboree and my troop # was 520. That was a great time, the Jambo. I got a red Yoda patch, the X-men back patch, and the spam patch, if you know what I'm talking about, just to name a few of my collection of over 2 dozen.
BZPers I met at the Jambo:
Bionicle Master the Mighty, now known as ChrisKopaka (check out his blog!)
Currently I'm a Life scout, working on my Eagle badge. I have a couple half merit badges and my Eagle project to get done, and I'm done.
I am Assistant Senior Patrol Leader for my troop, but have been nominated and went running for Senior Patrol Leader twice. I was also Head Guide, guide, Patrol Leader, and Assistand Patrol Leader.
Oh, I'm 16, so that helps put some things into perspective.
My troop goes camping a lot. Once every month Sept to May. Biking, Hiking, Rock climbing, caving, wilderness survival, cooking, shooting sports, canoeing, and more! It's a blast. I love camping, even if I am allergic to pollen and practically camping. Fire!
Oh, yeah, Fire. It's big with every Boy Scout. It's part of out DNA. My troop made a 14 foot tall campfire once. Staff got marshmellows and had to use a 6 foot long stick just to heat up the marshmellows!
A scout is...Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obediant, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, Reverent, Hungry, a pyro, and Duct tape.
Oh, Duct tape. That's saved for another blog entry....
So, yeah. Please don't ignore this if you are a scout too, and please post. Anyone else, well, you can still make coments about how much you love the BSA or whatever you feel like in this blog.
Soon to be Eagle,
In other news, I had to interview the coach, asst. coach, and captain of the Varsity Girls Tennis team at my school. I'm on the school newspaper and this is my first assignment, that is: writing an article on the tennis team.
Best part was the game was right near my house!
In other news, I'm just clicking around. I went to PodBrix and saw some cool stuff. Like a shirt with a black minifig listining to a Lego iPod. And a Lego iPod that can hold a shuffle so it looks like you're listening to the iPod.
I also checked out Nami Tamaki web site. Just seeing if anything is new for a favorite artist of mine. Apparently she has two other albumbs out, so I might be looking into those.
Oh, and my homework ended fine eventually. I got to bed at 11:30, then woke up at 6:00. Not much. I had a headache all through school today, which didn't go too well because I couldn't do anything about it and it was ruining my day and my looking forward to my first big part of being on the school newspaper now.
Yeah. I'm thinking I'll pop in Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe because I still have not seen it.
PS, If you're American, don't forget to fly your flag on Monday. And everyday for that matter.
I'm still doing homework and the only reason I'm here is because I had to print some stuff out and the internet was up so I just decided to post something.
Maybe some food would help, but I'm not feeling very hungry.
Question: What do you do when it's late and you still have tons of stuff to do? And I don't mean party on saturday night either.
It's not that bad painting, it's the part about having to take everything out of my room that's the worst. It took forever. But when I put half of it back in, that should mean I have more room for Lego stuff. And the way everything is being rearanged, I should have a bigger building area (more floor space) and easier access to my System peices.
So, it's all worth it.
In other news, sadly, Steve Irwin, aka the Crocadile hunter, died. Got stabbed in the heart by a stingray barb. Topic here
But on a brighter note, I got the BrickFest 06 pix organized and on a CD. Once I get to school I'll start to load them up. If you want, you can try my Brickshelf to view anything if stuff becomes public, but I'll post a link once everythign is done.
I put in a short review in the Forum, so I'll post that here as a teaser until I have more time for a real review.
Bionicle Legends#4: Legacy of Evil
It's time for history class. But instead of 80 something, Mrs. what's-her-name, whak you with a stick and dronning on and on about something of history for whatever country you're in, it's GregF telling us the history of the Piraka from 7,000 years ago.
The main plot of the book is telling about how the piraka came together, how they got (some) of their powers, and discussing the DH/BoM war. It gives some more information about "Birth of a DH" (from the Bio Encyclopedia) and details and personalities about some DH's.
The book starts 7,000 years from the current storyline, and continues down the timeline a couple of thousand of years to present time. All of the piraka are mentioned, along with TSO, Roodaka, Lariska, Anchient, and other characters either known or not so well known.
One point that might get you aroused is the origin of the Staff of Fusion (Vezon's staff) and how Vezon came to be. (Some guesses if you read "Power Play," another good book)
Many questions are answered, as are more given. I'll be re-reading this just to make sure I didn't miss anything, but of course it's good enough for a second reading and no reason. Some mystery, some drama, lots of excitement (took me only 1 day, got it at 1:00 PM, read, stopped, quick glances, then picked it back up at 10:00 and finished at 11:30 in bed, oh the suspense!) and 100% Bionicle!
Of course I recommend it to everybody, as do all of the other Bionicle books, and some others but that's off topic. It is a great book, detailing what the Piraka are and were, how they are together, and more notes of them hating each other. (When TSO asks if Hakaan should be killed, a Piraka doesn't even hesitate his answer ("Yes")) Various characters are around, and it is very exciting to see everything peice together for this year's storyline.
So remember: get Bionicle Legends #4: Legacy of Evil, NOW!
(Now, I'm off to finish some school summer reading...)
He had gotten a bunch of Bionicle peices from one of his friends for his birthday. A tub with that friend's bionicle collection that he could find (mainly toa metru and rahkshi). This was in June. Now, August (or september as of date) my brother gives me everything because he's not a MOCer, and I am, and basically he can't make any actual set from these peices. So now I have a couple of toa metru bodies, armor, and various weapons, not to mention Guurahk, who I wouldn't mind having since I need more blue peices.
So basically I have a bunch of peices I'm just dying to use, and I'm busy with school, cleaning/painting my room, and scouts. So it'll be a while before I use them.
(Oh, is there any interset for grey rahkshi peices, or would I be embarasing myself if I tried to trade them in a trade topic I might soon be making?)
That's right! There is more BF06 stuff. Just when you thought I couldn't talk about any more of my exciting time there, I can!
First off, I'm about halfway through organizing my pix. Expect them sometime next week.
Second, I have a list of BZPers there I met and took down their name: (In no particular order):
Kopaka's Ice Engineering
LetoII (soon to be Sajuuk)
But wait there's more!
So there's friendly (I hope) competition between themes. Basically when there is a large group, people start shouting out their favorite theme.
Basically, you'll hear Town, Train, Castle, Space, and others shouted across the room during quiet moments. So, me being the smart one, shouted something out when it started to die down. What did I shout out? Well, I like to comprimise. So...
But wait there's more!
I really like what Kelly/Bink said in the video he narrarated. Basically, he was about to make a comment about a competator of LEGO, but didn't/couldn't say the brand name. So, he called it "Brand M." We all know what this is refering to, and it got me thinking. BZPower has a rival site (not by a long run) that we could refer to as "Site M." Weird, huh.
Well, with that, I just want everybody to know it'll be a while between posts now, with school started and all.
Boy was it awesome. I got dropped off at 8:00 (even though it started at 9:00) My mom signed a paper because I'm under 18, and left. So I'm standing around watching people try to get registration started, in my hands my shoebox with 4 MOCs in it and a gift for "Dirty Brickster"
I register at say...8:45. Get my brickbadge and have to make some of it. (It's a rule)
My brickbadge says:
They all say BF06, and you build the clapper shutter on top. This year's theme is showbiz.
We also get a goodie bag/tote bag. It has the BF06 logo on it and is awsome. In it is free stuff like a magnet, custom guns by custom modelers, and a welcome booklet explaining BF. I also got my BF06 shirt but kept my BZPower one on.
Thoughout the event I changed the decorations on my Brickbadge:
Brutaka's mask, to...
visorak and a green Kakama, to...
Visorak and a proto miru nuva
So I get in, and people are all over the place setting up their own models. I find the Bionicle table but no Omicron. I walk around trying to find where everything is. That's outside the Grand Ballroom where most of the MOCs are. I'm trying to find the Bionicle Room to find Omi to set up my MOCs.
In the end I walk around the GB and set up my two non-Bio MOCs. One of them being my friend's and is very delicate, and practically fell in half even with layers and layers of bubble wrap, the other classified wrong and had to be moved.
But wait, there's more!
I go to a talk on minifig customization. It's actually a class! We get to take the design off a minifig body and put on a BF06 logo. We are also taught how to take a stud off the top of a explorer hat, and drill holes for gogels.
So I'm still looking around for Omi and in the end just set up my MOCs in the Bio room. Then I look around in the GB at everyone setting up their castles, towns, moonbases, big spaceships, etc.
At about 12 o'clock I find Omi. And Rayg. We walk around together looking at everything. We also meet another BZPer (who's name I wrote down but is upstairs in my room and I don't feel like moving) and we basically hung around for the rest of the day.
But wait, there's more!
We go to the BrickBazaar and but things, like minifigs and peices. I got Spiderman $3), Doc Ock($3.50, but afterword found out he was $3 at another place), and some great peices: 56 flames ($1), 7 lightsaber blades blue and green ($1), 25 lightsaber handles and 1 curved Dooku and 1 grey ($1)
The whole brickfest experience: priceless
I went back later that weekend and got some sweet peices as well.
At about 3 o'clock somebody mentions lunch and we decide it'd be a good idea to get some. We order pizza and eat it in the Bionicle room because a hotel guy said we couldn't eat in the hotel eating place we were at.
But wait, there's more!
We keep looking at models and then go to the opening ceremony. Pretty fun and I kinda forget some of it. Basically, welcome to Brickfest, highlights, and don't forget that judging will end tonight.
I left at 10 o'clock.
I also met Cajun on Friday and K.I.E...maybe Bionicle Rex. Either that or on saturday.
But wait, there's more!
I got to BF06 on Saturday at 8:30. Looked at some models. There is this one of a larger than life Battle Droid that when you push a button, it unfolds and stands up.
At 10 o'clock, there was the Keynote speaker, who is a CEO of Lego. He was a great speaker talking about the hows and whys of Lego. He made it clear Lego focused on the target audience versus the large amount of AFOL's* there and around the globe.
He also talked about the new Mindstorms NXT, and how there was a panel of 4 people, and then 11, and then a lot!
But wait, there's more!
Also in his talk was a film about AFOLs and how they enjoy their lives with Lego included. Best of all, it was narrated by Binkmeister, who sadly couldn't make it to BF this year. It was full of laughs. One of my favorites was a quick reference to imitators of Lego bricks, and he wouldn't say any names, but that he will refer to this as "Brand M"
Before 12 o'clock I grabed some lunch and waited for my friends to show up for visiting hours. When they came I gave them a tour that they led also. A favorite was the Great Ball Contraption. This was a buncho of builders working together to connect all of their contraptions side by side, and using motors move Lego soccer and Backet balls from one thing to another.
But wait, there's more!
We also went to a talk about Lego Design. This was about things that stresses the Lego elements. Such as putting a click hinge halfway between two nobs. Also a cone in a brick, because it can break the brick like a wedge. And it's not the best idea to put a lightsaber blade in a transparent cone because they are made of the same plastic.
At 10 o'clock was the Dirty Brickster. This is a white elephant game gift exchange. Basically, each person brings a gift. An order is decided and people choose gifts. The first gift is chosen and unwrapped. The next person can either choose another gift of steal the prevous one.
I stole Krekka from someone, but that was stolen from me. I then stole a box of bionicle and roborider peices, which was good, because no AFOL* would want that right? Well, I was looking through it and I found a chrome Hau. I made the mistake of pulling it out and another person stole the whole collection just for that to sell on ebay. I stole krekka back and he is a great set.
But wait, there's more!
Sunday was great too. I got there at 10:30 and immediatly went to a talk about BrickJournal. There should be a paper issue coming out withing a year. This came from the discussion of perhaps making is paper media versus internet, and charging say...$50 for 6 issues in a one year subscription. An example was given that this was the Brickmaster of AFOL's*
I then went to a talke about Mecha building and got some great ideas there to try out if I ever find enough time to break into my system box.
My friends showed up again and we kept looking around. Later we went to see some brickfilms. There were some pretty good ones.
My favorites were:
The Lucky rejection (about the sad hobo)
and the Time Traveling Janitors
They left and I was on my own again. Closing ceremonies came and sadly, that meant BF06 was over.
But wait, there's more!
It was fun to go around the GB and see it as it was being taken down. And then I went to the Bionicle room with Omi and Rayg.
But wait, there's more!
Overall, this was a blast! I can't wait for next year, with the talks and everything else that makes this a great event recognized by Lego. I made some great friends and some awesome memories.
I also got some great masks. 2 proto-silver Miru Nuva, 3 transparent Kaukau, and a red and green Matatu. That's right! Misprints! I also have "Free the Band" patches. I hope to be trading all this along with a signed comic 3 (volume 2)
It was great meeting Omi, Rayg, K.I.E., and all the other BZPers.
See everyone next year at BF07!
*Adult Fan Of Lego
PS: Sorry I don't have pix yet. But it would be insane for me to load up 300 photos on dial-up. I'll do it at school one day soon and it will take almost no time at all!
and in case the pix don't show:
So, what do you think?
I had thought of making a shirt, and I finally got around to it.
So when we're both walking through the mall and you see this shirt, you'll be able to say hey! You're a BZPer! And thus we've just met another BZPer.
And, I made this to wear at Brickfest. Which is coming up pretty soon, so I hope you can go and I can see you, and you can see the shirt.
So, just look around for this, and you'll find me, ChocolateFrogs.
And please post in the topic
It seems that everybody decorates the tops of them with minifigs or bricks or things. I once saw a couple of Kanohi on top, and this sounds like a good idea. But Iím still having troubles on deciding on what to put on top of mine. I have a couple of thoughts, with pros and cons:
1) Brutaka Mask. All I have to do is put it on a 1X2 brick with a plus rod hole in the middle. But, it juts out backward at the top and might get uncomfortable and/or lean my brickbadge down, limiting readability.
2) R2-D2 and a Devastator Robot. Simple, Star Wars and a popular Lego line, and a robot theme. Too bad a Kanohi wonít fit as well, thereís a good robot theme. Con: The Devastator robo is a little unstable.
3) Transparent neon green barrels. Eight studs, so six barrels in the middle and a cone on each end. Problem that arises is that the green might clash with whatever the colors on my badge are.
4) Find a good minifig that will look good in blue legs. Reason being is I have some crummy, loose blue legs that I wouldnít mind gluing to my badge. I have more blue legs and I can get some at the Brickbazar. Con: I have to glue peices together so they wonít fall off. Only some legs, and can probably be taken off, but still...
Another minifig problem: Iíd like to use some Exoforce hair, but thatís kind of loose on the heads.
So, any suggestions?
Song 1: Eternal Voices
Sukitooru soraeto sotto teo nobashinagara
Kizutsuita Kimochi ima tokasukara
Sukoshizutsu jikanga kitto tsutsunde kureruyo
Kono koeo sarau yooni uketotte
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Heh, heh, got you, didnít I? Youíre going: Huh, what the hec is CF posting?
A: Well, why donít you google her? Or read on. Or both.
Nami Tamaki is a Japanese singer. J-pop, as the music is called. Iím in Anime club at my school (DJO), and am really getting into this stuff. Anime, Manga, J-pop. This is my first J-pop CD, but I just might get some more. But at a club meeting we listened to J-pop and I really liked it. I finally was able to get a CD, and this is really good. The problem was that some CDs cost $20 and there are only 5 songs on it. This was $17 and had 13 songsĖa full CD!
So, check out some J-pop and see what you think
Or perhaps you already have a bunch of J-pop. Well, your suggestions are always appreciated and welcome. I would love to find another great artist. But Iím leaning toward J-pop and not J-rock.
Papers were in a tube. It was like I won a contest or something. Beats the standard envelope.
Well, I just got my Brickfest stuff today!
Came in a tube too.
Info on what is going on, and some randome peices for our use, somehow:
*6 2X2 tiles
*2 square studs
*1 skid plate (Round 2X2 tile, flat bottom, studs on top)
Now, just awaiting the BrickBadge...
Blue Squirrel Attack!
Chaos! You grab for your sword as everyone else does too to deflect this swarm of thousands of thousands of blue squirrels.
And then the RPG master comes in and deletes and bans the new member.
I recently heard about this, and it sounds hilarious. Apparently, a scout in my Boy Scout troop (875) started this type-based RPG (Roachy) and my troop is having a blast with it. Then one day, someone posts the "Blue Squirrel Attack" and hilarity and chaos ensues. Someone started this, and it's gone to other RPG's as well. Apparently it's anoying and can get you banned from the RPG. But to me, a non RPGer, it sounds really funny.
Anyone heard of this?
The Me Brick
BrickFest web page
BrickFair web page
Brickworld web page
North West BrickCon site
Members I've met
Arpy His Something Completely Different
xccj His Team
EmperorWhenua His Blog
Nukaya Cloud Fire Her Bubble Wrap
Nuju Metru His Showtime
Toa Lhikan Hordika His Blog
ChrisKopaka His blog
Omicron His Rush
Aanchir: Rachira of Time His Sugar Bowl
Lyichir: Rachira of Influence His Surreality
Black Six His Bio
Kaiapu His Skippy
.:Sora:. His Keyhole
Ouch His Giant Enemy
Roa McToa Her Spectaculoso
Darth Vader His Wanting
55555 His Array
Smeagol His Quote
Hahli Husky Her Label
Nikira Her Blog
Janus His E.M.O.T.I.O.N.
LehvakLah Her Handshields
Emzee His Maker
(Inner)Rayg His Contents
ToM Dracone His Memory
Vezok's Friend His Journeys
Waffles His Window
Senjo Her Outpost
Friar Tuck His Tuck
Kohaku His Room
Spink His Garden
Brickeens His 9
Total Nut (well, now he's Ancient Builder)
The dude that worked at Tyson's Lego Store
Toa Meiko of Meikoes
The pangolin under E's bed
Turakki #1 Lavasurfer
One of my college buddies who forgot his username
(PM me if I forgot you)
Other Cool members
Bundalings the Bunny His Burrow
GregF His Blog
T-Hybrid His Haven
Tilius His Blog
Brave_Dragon: Her Pyromania
Jack_Skellington: His What's This
Air-Master: His Ærospaċe
Nukora: His Land Beyond
Master Vahi: His Testing Center
Arch-Angel: His Yin/Yang Story
Kativa/Ka-Chan: His Dormitory
~GreenBioGuy~ His Forest
Ca'gerrin His Orbit
Creator of the Kanohi
Core: Matoran of Chaos (Spiderman 121)